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  • Posted on June, 24 2014 by admin Tue, 06/24/14 - 09:47
    Passwords, Passwords, Passwords
    It really has to be said with the growth of the internet and “cloud technology” has left us with an increasing number of passwords and trying to choose and remember good ones can be a total nightmare. The chances are that you have an account on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any of an increasing range of online re...
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    Posted on August, 17 2015 by Charlotte Mon, 08/17/15 - 15:00
    It’s fair to say that Windows 10 hasn’t got off to a flying start. In fact, so far it has caused a mix of reactions, from disappointment to pure, hair-pulling rage. The software giant Microsoft has spent the better part of half a year talking about ...
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    Posted on September, 23 2015 by Charlotte Wed, 09/23/15 - 12:00
    The Problem With Dropbox Security
    When we think about remote file sharing, there are usually one or 2 of the big brands that pop into our heads. While these systems might be great for sharing some holiday snaps or managing budget spreadsheets for the home, there are some serious concerns when it comes to security from a business p...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion ,Security
    Posted on September, 09 2015 by Charlotte Wed, 09/09/15 - 12:25
    Why Backups Make Your Small Business More Secure
    Backup is one of those things that everybody knows they should be doing, but not many people actually do. And if they do, odds are they are not paying as much attention as they should be. But not only do your backups keep your IT department happy, but they also make your business more secure, and ...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion
    Posted on October, 14 2015 by Charlotte Wed, 10/14/15 - 13:00
    A Beginners Guide To Crafting A Secure Password
    It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, so we wanted to talk a bit about passwords this month. No matter where you go online, you will find a hundred different rules for creating a secure password. With MailChimp for example, you have to use punctuation in your passwords, with Gmail yo...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on October, 28 2015 by Charlotte Wed, 10/28/15 - 13:00
    Why You Should Treat Your Cyber Security Like Your Home Security
    The modern world is all about technology, and unlike 20 years ago, a huge amount of our lives are spent online. That’s why October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. It’s a time when us industry professionals can get together and share our knowledge of cyber security, and how ...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion
    Posted on November, 11 2015 by Charlotte Wed, 11/11/15 - 12:00
    Avoiding Data Loss The Easy Way
    For modern businesses, we would be nowhere without our data. Even the most service oriented business relies on their data to keep them operational, and so making sure it’s protected is an essential business practice. Regardless of how it happens – whether by hardware failure, theft, vi...
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    Posted on November, 25 2015 by Charlotte Wed, 11/25/15 - 10:00
    Writing Your Disaster Recovery Plan
    When it comes to disaster recovery, a lot of businesses start to cringe. It’s a policy that we all know we need in place, but it’s surprising how few businesses actually have one in place. It doesn’t matter if you are a one-man band or a 100 strong business, it’s still important to plan for the worst. ...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion
    Posted on December, 09 2015 by Charlotte Wed, 12/09/15 - 13:00
    Protect Against Power Surges This Christmas
    I’m going to be clear from the offset here – this post is mainly for those who work from home. That doesn’t just mean you work at home full time – but also if you work from home occasionally, or have a machine hooked up to your home power that you work on. At this time of y...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion
    Posted on January, 27 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 01/27/16 - 10:00
    What On Earth Is ‘The Internet Of Things’?
        According to research, the term ‘Internet of Things’ is something 87% of people haven’t ever heard of. Today I hope to rectify that. As we march into yet another year of technological development, the phrase is going to s...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion
    Posted on February, 10 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 02/10/16 - 11:00
    Give Up Bad Tech Habits This Lent
    Today marks the start of lent. A time of year when a lot of people promise to give up chocolate or alcohol for 40 days in an attempt to better themselves. The sad thing is, most of the time these promises don’t work, because quitting these addictive substances cold turkey is challenging. So ...
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    Posted on February, 24 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 02/24/16 - 12:00
    5 Office 365 Features You Probably Didn't Know About
    At All Your Computers we are big advocates of Office 365 for business. If you use Office yourself, you’ve probably had it for a while now. If you haven’t, why not? It’s a little different from normal cloud based software, as this is cloud software that you also install onto your ...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion
    Posted on March, 09 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 03/09/16 - 11:00
    Back It Up! Saving You More Than Just Time With Regular Back Ups
    When we usually talk about backups, we talk about how important it is to back up all of that essential and valuable business data to a secure space and locking it away so that it’s safe should ever need it. For the most part, people are fairly good at backing up their computers, but the same...
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    Posted on March, 23 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 03/23/16 - 14:00
    A Beginners Guide To Endpoint Management
    In the early days of your business, IT may have been the simplest thing you had to manage. Many businesses now are starting out with a collection of computers all sharing similar storage, with websites and other hosted solutions all being taken care of by managed hosting providers. But as your bus...
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    Posted on April, 20 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 04/20/16 - 10:00
    What Exactly Is Malware?
    Whenever we talk about security you will usually see us throwing the term malware around. But what exactly do we mean by malware? The official definition of the term ‘malware’ is the general term for software which is specifically designed to disrupt or damage a computer system. Its fu...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on April, 06 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 04/06/16 - 12:00
    Why You Need A Human Involved In Your IT
    The Internet of Things is a wonderful concept. But as itnews pointed out a few weeks ago, it’s ...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on May, 11 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 05/11/16 - 12:00
    A Guide To Protecting Against Malware
    Last month we started our epic journey into the world of malware by looking at what exactly malware is. We talked about the types of malware and what they do to your computer if they find their way in. All in all, it was a bit of a scary post. So in this on...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on May, 25 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 05/25/16 - 10:00
    Cleaning Up Your Malware Infected Computer The Easy Way
    It’s the final post in our malware extravaganza this month, and this one is designed to help you out should the worst happen. You turn on your computer one day and discover it is infected with malware. This could be a lock out virus, a Trojan that could steal your data or a worm that has lef...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on June, 08 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 06/08/16 - 11:30
    The Cloud Explained
    We throw the term ‘the cloud’ around a lot these days, to the point where it has almost lost meaning to us. If something is in ‘the cloud’ it’s floating in some kind of digital nether space above our heads, almost like real clouds. Cloud computing is something many of...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion
    Posted on June, 22 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 06/22/16 - 12:00
    Go Mobile With Your Small Business
    When was the last time you checked your phone? Odds are, you did as soon as you read that sentence. Our mobile phones have become an absolute necessity in our lives. They are often the first thing we reach for when we wake up, use them during our breaks, as a go to resource for research and we even use them as a substitute fo...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion
    Posted on July, 13 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 07/13/16 - 12:00
    Android User? Be Aware!
    You might have seen the slightly terrifying headline from the BBC proclaiming that up to 10 million android phones have been infected with a particularly nasty kind of malware. The malware (christened ‘HummingBad’) generates f...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on July, 27 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 07/27/16 - 12:00
    5 Reasons Why Your Computer Is Slow
    One of the first things I hear whenever I say I work in IT support is ‘ooh, my computer is running a bit slowly, can you help me?’ Usually this is a quick and easy fix, and quite often something they could do themselves. Computers start to slow down for many reasons, from malware to ol...
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    Posted on August, 10 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 08/10/16 - 12:00
    App Maddness – 4 Applications That Will Make You More Productive
    There’s a saying I often hear from customers – ‘a computer is only as smart as the person who programmed it’. For context, this is usually what I hear when things start to go wrong. But the fact is that while this was true in the beginning, computers and applications have c...
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    Posted on August, 24 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 08/24/16 - 12:00
    Everything You Need In One Package – The Pros Of Office 365
    By now you should all have heard about Office 365 – it’s been around quite a while. In fact, we’ve talked out it and some of its cool hidden features before. You might have even looked at all of the tools and fe...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion
    Posted on September, 14 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 09/14/16 - 10:24
    5 Basic IT Policies Your Business Needs
    Does your business use a computer or the Internet? If you’re reading this, the answer is probably yes! Pretty much every business out there now uses technology in some form or another, and yet there are thousands of businesses out there who still do not have any IT policies in place to prote...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on September, 28 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 09/28/16 - 10:30
    In The Clouds, On The Ground, Or Somewhere In-Between?
    Business owners today are facing a lot of pressure to get their business ‘on the cloud’. Whether it’s because the barriers to access and costs are so low for setting up, because the cloud is the only thing that can cope with their explosion of growth or simply the fact that they ...
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    Posted on October, 26 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 10/26/16 - 12:00
    Cyber Insurance – Is It Worth It?
    As long as there have been businesses, there have been insurances. In today’s market being insured is an absolute essential, but the degree of coverage and type of insurance can change depending on your field. But now that cybercrime and digital theft are becoming such a prevalent problem, a...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on November, 23 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 11/23/16 - 12:00
    IT’s Biggest Downfall – People
    Way back in April (I know, it’s a fair way back to remember) we wrote about the importance of having a human involved in your IT. This came off the back of 2 disaster stories at the time – some printers in the US that started sp...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on December, 07 2016 by Charlotte Wed, 12/07/16 - 11:22
    Secure Cloud Storage – Your Issues And Options
    Security is a bit of a hot button topic this year, with lots of high profile businesses falling prey to hacking of their drives and servers. But all businesses have data to store, so what do you use? Cloud storage is now a go-to option for most businesses, as it offers a built in backup for disast...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on January, 11 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 01/11/17 - 10:51
    The Changing Shape Of The 2017 Tech World
    I know what you’re thinking – every year the tech bods roll out hundreds of predications for wat’s going to be hot the next year. We did it ourselves last year, predicating the rise of robotics and more adaptive, naturalised security measures. You can see how well those predictio...
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    Posted on February, 08 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 02/08/17 - 12:00
    Cybercrime And Business – New Scams, Malware And Issues That Will Plague 2017
    It’s a new year, a new you, and a new landscape for cyber criminals who want to steal your data. Every year the cybercrime landscape is constantly changing, with IT professionals playing a permanent game of cat and mouse with the criminals, determined to stay one step ahead. While I can&rsqu...
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    Posted on February, 22 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 02/22/17 - 13:00
    When Computers Have A Mind Of Their Own – Troubleshooting IT Issues
    As business IT support specialists, around 70% of what we do every day is troubleshooting. From helping guide users through basic set up wizards for software they’ve downloaded to going in and working out why the systems we designed have started misbehaving, troubleshooting is a big part of ...
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    Posted on March, 08 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 03/08/17 - 19:56
    DVLA Email Scams You Need To know About
    So I know we touched on scams and viruses of 2017 very recently, but once again the cyber criminals are ahead of the curve. Over the last 2 weeks we have seen a spate of particularly slick looking scam emails, which aim to gather your credit card information through fear. To help you avoid this an...
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    Posted on April, 12 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 04/12/17 - 12:00
    Three Words Business Owners Need To Watch Out For
    Meet Betty. Betty works in the finance department of Teapots Inc., and is responsible for managing payments to their suppliers. Last Tuesday she received an email from his boss, saying that a new supplier needed paying urgently to help secure a very important teapot contract. The su...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on April, 26 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 04/26/17 - 12:00
    The Broken Record – Security Patches
    Ok, so this might be a topic we’ve covered before (just a few times)! But it is a message that bears repeating, not least because there has been an excellent example of why users need to install security and software update patches when they come out. We know they can be a nuisance, and they...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on May, 10 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 05/10/17 - 12:46
    Google Docs Breach Causes Chaos
    Earlier this month, Google sent users into shock when it reported that a phishing scam had been targeting their users. The emails were sent out to millions of users, claiming to be from Google itself and doing a very good impression of the emails automatically generated by Google when someone shar...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on May, 24 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 05/24/17 - 12:00
    Let’s Talk About The NHS
    Ok, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon here, but only because it’s an important thing to address. But let the record show, I feel like I’ve been writing way too much about high profile cyber security breaches recently. The recent ransomware attack on the NHS has stirred up quite ...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on June, 14 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 06/14/17 - 13:00
    Ad Blocking - What And Why, And What's Google Doing?
    So there has been a bit of controversy going around the tech world over the last few weeks. Nothing new there really, there’s always some new cutting edge process or piece of software coming out that causes a lot of discussion. But this time the controversy isn’t about a new system, bu...
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    Posted on June, 28 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 06/28/17 - 13:00
    BA Errors – Proving That Human Error Is Still The Biggest IT Risk
    A little while ago, we wrote a blog about IT’s biggest downfall – the people involved. That post talked about the NHS mass email fiasco, and was in itself inspired by 2 IT disasters &...
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    Posted on July, 26 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 07/26/17 - 14:00
    4 Reasons Your Small Business Needs IT Support
    When you’re a small business owner, you tend to keep a very tight handle on the purse strings while focussing on doing what you do best. But when you’re so consumed with doing the job, planning for your business can often fall by the wayside. One of the most common elements that we see...
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    Posted on August, 09 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 08/09/17 - 12:00
    4 Ways Your IT Can Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder
      We’ve all heard the old adage, it’s better to work smarter than harder. And what that means is that you shouldn’t be looking to spend all of your time working your fingers to the bone to achieve your goals, when you could be utilising t...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion
    Posted on August, 23 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 08/23/17 - 11:00
    Why Use Hosted Services For Your Business?
    We’ve been talking an awful lot about cyber security lately (partly because there have been so many good stories to share with you). So this week, we wanted to go back to our roots and talk about something different. If you’re a small or medium sized business, you’ve probably bee...
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    Posted on September, 06 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 09/06/17 - 12:00
    What Hardware Does Your Small Business Really Need?
    Even the best concept for a small business won’t go anywhere if the IT supporting it isn’t right. This includes the software you’re using, and more importantly, the hardware it’s running on. But how much hardware does your small business need to invest in? Of course, the sp...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion
    Posted on September, 20 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 09/20/17 - 12:00
    PEN Testing Your Business (And Why It’s Important)
    As the awareness of cyber criminals who are targeting businesses increases, so do the measures businesses are taking to protect their most precious asset – their data. But before you go installing extra firewalls and investing in other security solutions, it’s worth finding out exactly...
    Posted in Advice ,Opinion
    Posted on October, 11 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 10/11/17 - 10:51
    Getting Your IT Ready For GDPR
    By now most business owners worth their salt have heard about the new GDPR. The really savvy ones might have even started putting measures in place to get ready for it. Sadly, most of the businesses who fell into that last category are the ‘big businesses’. You know, the ones who have ...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
    Posted on October, 11 2017 by Charlotte Wed, 10/11/17 - 10:51
    Getting Your IT Ready For GDPR
    By now most business owners worth their salt have heard about the new GDPR. The really savvy ones might have even started putting measures in place to get ready for it. Sadly, most of the businesses who fell into that last category are the ‘big businesses’. You know, the ones who have ...
    Posted in Advice ,Security
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